Crimson peak sees Guillermo del Toro directing his first major film in two years since Pacific Rim, but more importantly sees him back in the genre that made his name. This trailer alone has flavours of Pans Labyrinth, and if Crimson Peak is half as good as his Oscar nominated work then we’re onto something special!
Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska as Edith Cushing, an aspiring author running from her traumatic childhood. She becomes split between loving her childhood friend (Charlie Hunnam) or the tempting stranger Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). She opts to marry Sharpe, and moves into his house alongside his sister Lady Lucille (Jessica Chastain). Edith discovers once she moves in that her new home has taken a life of its own and is capable of breathing, and bleeding.
Now, I’m not a fan of modern-day horror movies (Paranormal Activity, Insidious etc.), but I’m really excited for this! Oscar nominated for his work on Pan’s Labrinth, Guillermo del Toro is possibly one of the best directors possible for a film like this. A lot of scary/horror films these days revolve around the ‘real life’ way of thinking, however this offers something different. This isn’t in the slightest trying to be a real life style movie, instead being very outlandish with its visuals and language. This gives the film a scope that few other horror films can match, in fact I can’t think of a single scary movie from this decade (off the top of my head) that has such a level of unrealism as this.
The cast for this film is also nigh-on perfect. Hiddleston and Chastain, with their naturally posh mannerisms (and undeniable acting ability, I should add) have all the makings of an awesome evil power-couple! And in Wasikowska they have a star who’se used to playing innocent, vulnerable people (Jane Eyre) and also accustomed to fantastical movies (Alice in Wonderland).
Set for release by 16th October in most countries, I would personally love to see this film do well! Realistically I think this is the type of film that won’t necessarily make that much in the UK/USA markets – although I could be wrong given the lack of competition it seems to be facing – but will make more than enough money in the foreign markets. It would seem that Legendary think the same thing, rolling this film out worldwide with an array of different names. For example, the film premieres in Buenos Aries (Argentina) on 13th October under the title La cumbre escarlata, Spanish for The Scarlet Summit!
Note: I translated most of Crimson Peaks titles (there’s 12 different languages, 13 including the English version), and they’re all along the line of the top of the hill being red.